17 HUGS, 7 children, 10 adults (1 husband, 3 neighborhood friends, 3 Brookwood Vet employees, 1 Brookwood Vet customer, 2 Whole Foods employees)
I was looking forward to visiting the Brookwood Veterinary Clinic today. I was only going there to pick up medicine for my dog, but I was hopeful that one particular vet tech would be there. The last time I saw her, I asked about her shaved head and she confirmed that, yes, she has cancer. She had recently been diagnosed and in anticipation of losing her hair she shaved her head. Her attitude was one of resolve and fight. I was incredibly impressed. I knew a neighbor had told her about my blog and I was anxious to include her in my list of people I have hugged. As soon as I saw her, a huge smile appeared on her face. She quickly made her way over for a hug. She let me know that she had checked out the blog and wondered the different impact it makes on different people. I shared some stories (including how wonderful it has been for me). I then took the opportunity to hug everyone else at the clinic that was nearby (including a customer who was patiently waiting for her appointment throughout my hug interruption). As I left I reflected on how amazing the vet tech looked. Her resolve still appeared the same. I don’t know her well, but I have a strong feeling that she can and will overcome anything that life dares to throw her way. I hope my hug helped to provide her a little more strength to fight this fight. My thoughts and prayers are with her during this trying time.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.